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There are three reasons to watch the upcoming film Triangle of Sadness: it got an eight-minute standing ovation at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival and won the Palme d’Or, the highest prize at the festival and one of the most prestigious awards in the entire industry. The third, it stars homegrown actor Dolly de Leon in a scene-stealing role.

Here’s how the film is described:

“In Ruben Östlund’s wickedly funny Palme d’Or winner, social hierarchy is turned upside down, revealing the tawdry relationship between power and beauty. Celebrity model couple, Carl (Harris Dickinson) and Yaya (Charlbi Dean), are invited on a luxury cruise for the uber-rich, helmed by an unhinged boat captain (Woody Harrelson). What first appeared instagrammable ends catastrophically, leaving the survivors stranded on a desert island and fighting for survival.”

Watch the trailer below:

De Leon stars as Abigail, a mild-mannered toilet manager who becomes a survivalist and team leader. The actress has earned praise for her role, with Variety saying that “her every line has so far prompted cheers in press and public screenings alike.” It adds that she “doesn’t get very far in Cannes without being stopped in the street by enthusiastic fans.”

In fact, there is even Oscar buzz for her performance. In Variety‘s Oscars predictions for the Best Supporting Actress award, de Leon is ranked third after Michelle Williams (The Fabelmans) and Jessie Buckley (Women Talking).

The magazine’s awards guru Clayton Davis even said, “if enough Academy members make a note to focus on quality (and not simply name recognition as they can often do), she could be the frontrunner walking into awards season.”

Triangle of Sadness will be distributed by TBA Studios in the Philippines. There is no word on a release date yet.

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